Originally Posted by AKSuited
The other day, I again lost about half my stack with AA. The flop came down AKJ of hearts. There were 2 callers to my big raise pre-flop so we had a 3 way pot going. I had hit trips, but 3 hearts didn't look good. I bet the pot but both players called. Another heart came on the turn and I knew I was virtually dead. I called the bets from the other guys, desperately hoping the board would pair for a full house, but the river was blank. All in bets from BOTH players meant I had to lay down trip aces and I was again cursing the pocket rockets.
Sorry I don't want to sound mean during this post. Try to take it as constructive criticism.
You need to see the big picture. You played that hand strangely which would increase the loss of AA. But by decreasing your aggressiveness your also limiting your winnings.. so 1) Increasing loss, 2)Decreasing winnings.
I'd like to know in that situation everything. Unfortunately in poker, "hand information" is not enough! If the other 2 were short stacks and they called to you then you needed to push as they're committing themselves thus the flop call with anything.
Also on the flop, a pot bet is not nearly enough! The first player could be an idiot and call but then the second now has the odds
to make hands! Plus with the other in the pot the implied odds rise too! So if you know the other 2 players and put them on hands, an all in or a check would be best!
Next, on the turn with the next heart, you should have folded EASILY. Really easily. Its the hardest thing in the world but you can not get addicted to them because post flop your right they're just a pair!!!
A lot of factors are included in the situation. Chip stacks, positions, blinds and player types. once these are known more advice can be given!
Due to those factors AA/KK/etc MUST be played differently every time! You have to realise this before you can profit in the long run from poker!
Finally, never fear AA. If you do your losing a LOT of money. And i mean a lot. You need to be aggressive but also intelligent. If a scare flop comes with a lot of people in the pot, you need to make hard decisions! However the same occures with hands like AK and JJ. If you fear them too you're playing the wrong game.
Hope you don't take offence but people need to think about situations more and cards less